In a large, worldwide family that contains several thousand species, the silver-spotted skipper is one of the easiest to identify in our state.
This beautiful moth’s distinctive lime-green color and long tails distinguish it from all other North American moths.
This Missouri moth has lustrous yellow forewings with a black edge. It is one of our noctuid, or owlet moths.
The “black-and-yellow” part of the name is obvious! The “lichen” part refers to the caterpillars’ food—plus their camouflage.
This spiffy, butterfly-like moth is a fast, darting flyer and dazzles the eye when it flitters around flowers.
Unless this moth rests on a brick wall or vinyl siding, you are unlikely to see it. Its camouflage makes it look like a dead leaf!
This moth’s bright orange hindwings identify it, even in flight. It’s abundant in all regions of Missouri.
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